I’d like to update concerned constituents on the latest situation regarding the BBC’s Charter Review.

As you are aware, the Government received over 192,000 responses to its BBC Charter Review Public Consultation, and a summary of these has now been published. You can read the summary here: http://tinyurl.com/gqz82pe

The Charter Review asked questions about what the BBC should be trying to achieve in an age where consumer choice is now far more extensive than it has been, what its scale and scope should be in the light of those aims, how far it affects others in television, radio and online, and what the right structures are for its governance and regulation.

Alongside this, an independent review was commissioned by the Government to look at how the BBC is governed and regulated, led by Sir David Clementi. The review has recently concluded and the report of its findings can be read here: http://tinyurl.com/hvyfakv

On 21 April the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, responded to a question in the House of Commons about a recent poll taken by 38 Degrees expressing people’s concern for the future of the BBC and said:

We do take the views of 38 Degrees, and, indeed, all others who have submitted responses to our consultation, seriously. Certainly, the BBC’s reputation for integrity and impartiality is one of the key things to protect and enhance as a result of the charter renewal. In terms of governance, Sir David Clementi made very specific proposals about this. It is a matter that we are currently discussing with the BBC, and I hope that we will be able to announce agreement about that in due course.

The Government will now be considering what the right approach should be and bringing forward its proposals shortly. I look forward to reading the Government's response in due course and will continue to keep you updated.